Thursday, March 14, 2013

Sandy SBA Disaster Loans on Google Maps

Propublica has created an excellent Google Map to show the locations of homes and businesses that have received Small Business Administration disaster loans following superstorm Sandy.

Propublica claim that at least 10,500 of the homes and businesses approved for SBA disaster loans are in FEMA’s new advisory flood zones and are therefore at risk from future flooding. The map shows the locations of the loan recipients and the also overlays flood elevation data on the map so that users can see where loan recipients are most at risk of flooding.

The map sidebar provides links to zoom the map to specific businesses, counties and towns. When you select a county there is a very nice effect where the county is outlined on the map and displayed in a lighter color.

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